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Love, William [pseud.].  The autobiography of William Love, P.C. a native of Paisley, better known as the Roving Scotchman, the greatest traveller alive! Paisley: G. Caldwell, 1857. 16mo (15.5 cm, 6.1"). Frontis. (incl. in pagination), pp.; illus.
$100.00

Satirically dedicated to the Paisley Literati, this is the comic life story of a traveling peddler, "containing an account of his birth, parentage, and education, travels to remarkable places, love adventures, opinions on things in general, with philosophical remarks on particular subjects" — and breaking into => occasional font exuberance to emphasize highlights. The text is illustrated with a whimsical engraved frontispiece portrait captioned "Magnus est amicus et praevalebit" and two in-text vignettes.
        A search of WorldCat finds => only three reported hard copies of this sole edition in U.S. institutions.
        Provenance: Inside front wrapper with printed ex libris label of J.L. Weir.

Later paper wrappers; frontispiece with outer edge just slightly shaved, title-page with small inked numeral by imprint, last page evenly browned. => A nice copy of an uncommon item.  (41986)   Please RESHELVE This.


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